The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in late 2015, reduces federal involvement in Utah’s public education system and empowers state decision-making authority. ESSA reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replaced its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act. Under ESSA, Utah is required to submit to the U.S. Department of Education a consolidated state plan. The plan is meant to provide information about how federal programs are implemented in each state. Utah's plan will be submitted on or before Sept. 18, 2017. Due to Utah’s commitment to equity and innovation, much of what is included in ESSA is already addressed in state statute and the Utah State Board of Education’s administrative rules. Utah’s Consolidated State Plan outlines how the state will direct federal funds to serve specific student populations.